September 26

Could Buju walk free? Government error may trigger dismissal of artiste’s case

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share EntertainmentNewsRegional Could Buju walk free? Government error may trigger dismissal of artiste’s case by: – December 21, 2011 Buju Banton.Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton may have a lifeline after all following the revelation on Tuesday that an alleged United States government mishap could trigger the dismissal of his case.According to media reports, Buju Banton could walk free from his conviction and subsequent ten year sentence on drug-related charges after the discovery that the U.S. government may have violated the Speedy Trial Act. The act states that any defendant involved in a case must be brought to trial by the government within a 70 day window; a right guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment in the American constitution. Additionally, said right is generally afforded to defendants so that they not subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial.Buju Banton’s first trial took place in September 2010, nine months after his initial arrest by law enforcement officials in Florida and four months after Judge James Moody pushed back Buju’s initial court date without giving any specifics regarding why the case was postponed. His second trial, where he was later convicted, took place in February of this year, four months after he was granted bail in the case.The U.S Supreme Court has developed a four part test considering length of the delay, the reasons for the delay, the defendant’s assertion of his right to a speedy trial, and the prejudice to the defendant in judging speedy trial claims. Any violations of the Speedy Trial Act could spark the dismissal of a criminal case given the state’s inability to bring the case to trial within a reasonable amount of time.Buju Banton’s legal team filed an appeal last week in a Georgia appeals court, citing violation of said act whilst intimating that the prominent Reggae singjay was not a willing participant in any drug conspiracy.Buju Banton was sentenced to ten years in prison this past February on three drug-related charges stemming from a December 2009 incident where he allegedly conspired to organize a drug deal within a police controlled warehouse.By Jodee Brown, Jamaican Pop Culture ExaminerExaminer.comlast_img read more

August 26

Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu back to DL, Clayton Kershaw’s return ‘uncertain’

first_img“I think at that point in time it let us know we had to be a little more on the cautious side,” Roberts said Tuesday. “So right now with Clayton, I don’t know if it’s a step back but we’re going to let this back pain subside and see where we go.“As far as his return – uncertain.”Kershaw has not pitched since June 26 and received an epidural injection in his lower back a few days later after an examination by Dr. Robert Watkins revealed a mild herniation of a disc. Roberts said Kershaw will likely undergo another examination this week.Ryu, meanwhile, is back on the DL — but not because of his surgically-repaired shoulder.Roberts said Ryu had pain in his elbow after a bullpen session in Arizona on Sunday. Ryu returned to Los Angeles and underwent an MRI which showed no structural changes from previous MRIs. WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Somewhere there must be a left-handed voodoo doll dressed in blue, bristling with pins.Any optimism the Dodgers were feeling about the number of starting pitchers they expected to have healthy soon disappeared into an MRI tube. On the same day they returned Hyun-Jin Ryu to the disabled list after just one start, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed that Clayton Kershaw “didn’t feel great” after all following his 60-pitch simulated-game session Saturday in Los Angeles.The lower back pain that landed Kershaw on the DL three weeks ago has returned — “same area, same symptoms,” Roberts said. Kershaw has not picked up a baseball to do any throwing since then and his rehab has been limited to doing back exercises.Any plans for him to rejoin the Dodgers have been put on hold. Ryu was placed back on the DL along with right-hander Casey Fien who has flexor tendonitis. That cleared roster spots for outfielder Joc Pederson to be activated from the DL as planned and left-hander Luis Avilan who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Roberts said there is “really no timetable” for when Ryu will start throwing again.“We’re disappointed for him and the time he put into coming back for us,” Roberts said. “It’s something that’s not really a new injury. It’s tendinitis that kind of flared up.”Ryu had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder in May 2015. After a setback-filled recovery that included flareups of pain in the shoulder and a groin muscle, Ryu returned to the majors and lasted only 4 2/3 innings against the San Diego Padres on July 7, allowing six runs on eight hits.He was scheduled to start again Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. Instead, right-hander Bud Norris will make that start (on regular rest thanks to the Dodgers’ off day Monday) and Julio Urias will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Thursday in Washington.Urias has pitched just one inning (in relief for the OKC Dodgers on July 10) since his most recent start for the Dodgers on July 4 against the Baltimore Orioles when he lasted less than four innings. He was scheduled to pitch in relief for OKC on Sunday but that outing was scratched as the Dodgers’ latest starting pitching crisis developed.Roberts said he did not know how long Urias would stay in the rotation this time as the Dodgers continue to say they want to limit his innings this season.For all their care and caps on his pitch counts and innings, the Dodgers have not exactly handled the 19-year-old Urias with kid gloves when they have sent him to the mound. Thursday will be the fifth time in nine big-league starts Urias has faced a first-place team, the fourth time on the road, and he will be matched up with 13-0 Stephen Strasburg.AlsoCorey Seager was not in the starting lineup Tuesday after feeling ill. Roberts described it as “some type of stomach virus” and said he was sent back to the hotel. … Right-hander Yimi Garcia (biceps) has started a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Garcia has been out since April 22. … Left-hander Brett Anderson (back surgery) threw two simulated innings to hitters Monday. … Second baseman Chase Utley was chosen as the Dodgers’ winner of the Heart and Hustle Award. A national recipient from the 30 club winners will be announced in November.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

August 26

Dodgers trade Ruiz, extend offers to Jansen, Turner

first_imgThe Dodgers have officially acquired left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher Carlos Ruiz.The trade was confirmed by both teams Monday afternoon.In addition, the Dodgers also confirmed that they have extended qualifying offers to two of their free agents — closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner. The two have one week to either accept or decline the qualifying offer, which is a one-year contract for $17.2 million.Given their high value on the free agent market, Jansen and Turner are expected to decline the qualifying offer. The Dodgers would receive a draft pick as compensation if either signs with another team this winter. In Nuno, the Dodgers acquire a 29-year-old left-hander who has pitched as a starter and reliever in parts of four big-league seasons with three teams — the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Mariners — going 5-20 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.Last season, Nuno pitched almost exclusively in relief for the Mariners, posting a 3.53 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 55 games, including one start. He was not particularly effective against left-handed batters, allowing a .293 batting average and three home runs in 90 plate appearances by left-handers against him. But over his career, he has held lefties to a .224 average and .641 OPS.Nuno figures to compete for a spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen next spring along with fellow left-handers Grant Dayton, Luis Avilan, Adam Liberatore (who underwent elbow surgery in October) and possibly Alex Wood if he is not used as a starter.Nuno is arbitration eligible this winter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more